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The Poes in Philadelphia

 
 
The Poes in Philadelphia Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
1. The Poes in Philadelphia Marker
Inscription. Edgar Allan Poe, his wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, and his mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm, lived in this house from 1843 to 1844. It is the only surviving house of several in Philadelphia in which the Poes lived. Note the difference between this drawing and what you see before you. This illustration shows the house before the front addition was built in 1848.

Poe thrived as an author during his six years in Philadelphia. He honed his skills as a poet, critic, and editor, wrote the first detective stories, and created enduring tales of horror. The Black Cat and The Gold-Bug were actually published during the time he lived in this house. Even though he saw some success as a writer, his personal life was tormented by the steady decline of his wife's health due to tuberculosis. Watching her sink towards certain death, Poe wrote to a friend saying how he feared he was insane “with long intervals of horrible sanity.” A stabilizing force was Maria Clemm, affectionately called “Muddy,” who cared for both her ailing daughter and her melancholy son-in-law.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.716′ N, 75° 8.989′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia
Poe House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
2. Poe House and Marker
Note the Raven sculpture to right.
County. Marker is on 7th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 100 feet north of Spring Garden Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The German Society of Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); Hershey's First Candy Store (approx. ¼ mile away); David Bustill Bowser (approx. 0.3 miles away); African Zoar Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First African Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Burial Grounds (approx. 0.4 miles away); America's First Lager (approx. half a mile away); VFW Post 389 Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Poe Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
3. Poe Marker Detail
Poe House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
4. Poe House
Poe's Grave - Westminster Burying Ground, Baltimore image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
5. Poe's Grave - Westminster Burying Ground, Baltimore
The Poe's are buried together in this tomb in Westminster Burying Ground in Baltimore, Maryland.
Edgar Allan Poe image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
6. Edgar Allan Poe
Born
January 20, 1809
Died
October 7, 1849
Virginia Clemm Poe image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
7. Virginia Clemm Poe
Born
August 15, 1822
Died
January 30, 1847
Maria Poe Clemm image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
8. Maria Poe Clemm
Born
March 17, 1790
Died
February 16, 1871
Edgar Allan Poe image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
9. Edgar Allan Poe
This 1845 portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by Samuel Stillman Osgood hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Edgar Allan Poe is popularly known for his poem ‘The Raven’ (1844), and like the raven itself, Poe was a dark presence amid the optimism of early American culture. Not for him was the glorification of the individual or the celebration of nature as life-giving. Poe peeled back the underside of America to sketch a world in which nothing, especially human motivation, was transparent, predictable, or even knowable. In their dark, hallucinatory imagery, Poe's writings profoundly influenced such European poets as Baudelaire and Rimbaud. In America, his voice is still singular for the strength with which it spoke against the spirit of the Romantic age in which he lived. Poe's great subject was death, and he seemed to court it in his life as well as art, dying early after proving himself unable to function in the society he dissected so remorselessly.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
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